Steve McEllistrem

The Devereaux Dilemma

Monthly Archives: December 2012

character names

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Some readers dislike character names that are complex or hard to understand. These kinds of names are especially prevalent in science fiction and fantasy. Should you forgo such names and stick with characters whose names we can pronounce relatively easily? … Continue reading

The Fine Print

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Subtitled, How Big Companies Use “Plain English” to Rob You Blind, this latest effort from David Cay Johnston left me infuriated and wishing more people would understand just how much government and big businesses work together to maintain wealth in … Continue reading

The Orchardist

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This wonderful new book by Amanda Coplin is a detailed character study of an orchardist and the people who inhabit his world. At times funny, at times horrifying, it allows us a glimpse into a turn-of-the-century way of life that … Continue reading